Achievement History is Made: First PC-Exclusive [Update]
Written Saturday, December 27, 2008 By Alan PettitView author's profile
I meant to post this yesterday, but I had to run out and meet some friends right after posting the achievements. I'm sure many people here don't know what Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II is or even that there was a first one. That is of course because it is a PC only title. The first was a very popular RTS game on the PC, and this sequel will be the first PC-exclusive game with achievements. There have of course been other PC games with achievements until now, but this will be the first to not have a 360 counterpart. This can only mean good things for fans of PC gaming. Here's hoping the newly formed Activision Blizzard, Inc. take note and Starcraft II may have some hope of getting its own list.
To read more about how to earn achievements on the PC and which games are available, check here.
Update: There is a lot of discussion on this which is awesome, but I feel I need to clarify a few things. First of all, people are suggesting things like Halo 2 and World of Warcraft. Halo 2 was indeed the first game to have achievements only in its PC version, but it was not a PC-exclusive game. It was also released on the Xbox and playable on the 360. So, I suppose its achievement list was PC-exclusive, but not the game itself which is what this article is about. And as for World of Warcraft (or any Steam game), those "achievements" do not collect points for your Gamertag and really have nothing to do with Microsoft's system in general. If you're trying to include those games, you'd even have to include something like Smash Brothers for the Wii which had all kinds of medals to unlock. But, again, those aren't the same thing.
However, it appears there has been a PC-exclusive game already. "Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu aka Legend of the Galactic Heroes" was a PC-exclusive game released exclusively in Japan. So, there you have it, for everyone trying so hard to prove me wrong, someone finally did. Good job, Sangriaz. So, we'll call this the first widely known, widely available PC-exclusive game I suppose.